The One Who Smelt It, Dealt It

So I realize I may be a day late and a dollar short here, but I thought I should comment on the recent reports of “gas” smells that were spreading over Manhattan (and allegedly parts of New Jersey).

(“Heads up, dude…comin’ your way…”)

Now I’d like to start by saying that since moving to Colorado, I’ve learned about weird smells. Aside from the smog in the area, which I’ve alluded to in the past, there is another smell that often sweeps through downtown Denver. When a storm comes from east to west, we citizens of Denver are treated to the smell of cattle dung, feed and other sorts of lovely olfactory delights. This is because the winds sweeping westward grasp hold of some of these fine fragrances, carry them through the city and finally slam them into the mountains so they may bounce back and douse us once more. Just thought I’d share that interesting twist to Denver life.

However, let’s get down to brass tacks. Just what was that smell?

A lot of people were quick to point the finger at good old, New Jersey. But having lived there for 18 years, I feel compelled to defend the great Garden State. There are a lot of smells that you can come across in New Jersey, especially smells along the Jersey Turnpike (seriously…it can closely resemble the smell of a beer brewery…if you’ve been to one, you know what I mean). But NJ is just not to blame for this one. I’m tired of New York City placing the blame on NJ — we will NOT be their scapegoat any more.

In fact, I seem to recall a number of stories in the late ’80’s and early ’90’s about how the reason why some of the NJ shores were so dirty was because NYC was dumping their garbage into the water by Sandy Hook. “So back off,” says the kid who once walked out of the water at the Jersey shore only to look down and see black tar all over his feet.

This aggression will not stand, man. New York, I think it’s time you own up to one…this is your problem, not NJ’s. Just because there’s a stink, doesn’t mean it HAS to come from NJ.

After all, we all remember the childhood saying: “The one who smelt it, dealt it.” Or was it, “the one who made the rhyme did the crime.”



~ by eastcoastboy on January 9, 2007.

One Response to “The One Who Smelt It, Dealt It”

  1. Well, I was at home the day the “smell” wafted over NYC and there was constant news coverage of it. I think they were afraid it might be terrorism, but were very firm about it NOT being terrorism-related, especially Mayor Bloomberg. Guess they’ll never know what it was, but it sure had everybody in a dither! Too bad about those cow smells in Denver!

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